How often are we bound up in traditions. I need to do this because it is the right thing to do (even though it is not in the Bible), It is the right thing to do because generations before me has done it this way.
We must be so careful with the trap of traditions. Some traditions are very good. Traditions like praying often, reading Bible. Those instructions are in the Word of God and they are critical for your journey. But to pray, just for the sake of praying is also duty-bound. To read Bible, but your heart is not open for the Message, can not be as fulfilling and inspiring if it is not fully understood and comprehended. We need to be intentional. To go to church on a Sunday, because it is the right thing to do, is going to be difficult. To go to church because my soul gets uplifted and I reconnect with God becomes worth while and meaningful.
Each culture has traditions that is specific to that culture. It is a nice way to build family culture and connectedness, but if it put strain on you and it has no biblical base, it is perhaps not worth pursuing.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Many times we are raised within a culture or tradition that feels ”normal”, you got so used to it, that it seemed it is the right thing to do. You never question it. Do you know the famous story of the leg of lamb in two pots?
The child looks at the mother. “”Mother, why do you cut the lamb into two and put it into two pots in the oven?” “My dear, we have always done it this way.” “But why Mother?” “Because I was raised and trained this way, my mother always did it this way and it has always worked this way.” “But why?” “I don’t know, maybe ask your Grandmother.”
“Granny, why do you and mommy cut the lamb into two and put it into two pots in the oven?” “Oh, my dear, we have always done it this way.” “But why Granny?” “Because I was raised and trained this way, my mother always did it this way and it has always worked this way.” “But why?” “I don’t know, maybe ask your Great-grandmother.”
“Nanna, why do you and Granny and Mommy cut the lamb into two and put it into two pots in the oven?” “Hie hie hie, you know, this is a very good question. Those days we had these very small ovens with very small pots. A leg of lamb was too big to fit into the pots, so we had to cut it in two to fit into a smaller pot. It was the only way then to make a nice roast of lamb.”
This is a well know story, but with an age old lesson. Times has changed. Universal truths will stay powerful. Universal truths like gravity, sunrise, sunset, God, praying, Bible. Find the Truth, the Real truth and stick to it. Discard all traditions that is putting a yoke on you.
Gal 3: 23-29 Children of God
23 Before the coming of this faith,[j] we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Traditions can trap you like a prison. If you free yourself from the wrong traditions, you are free to reach more people, to be able to embrace other cultures and other traditions without being caught up in them. You can become weak without being weak. You can win more people over. How many times do we stare at each other’s traditions and frown upon it, judge it? I must say, I am very judgmental against the tradition of Halloween, but it is because I find it very dark and negative the way children are getting rewarded with sweets to be scary, to be out at night surrounded by vampires, Werewolfs, skeletons, etc. I don’t refer to traditions like that. I refer to traditions that are different (but not harmful). We are removing ourselves from people who need love and understanding by judging their traditions.
1 Cor 9:19-23 Paul’s Use of His Freedom
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Let us take our freedom to the next level and reach out to more people.